No tears for worn out main street building
FOR LiveLife Pharmacy Airlie Beach owner Allan Milostic, the impending demolition and re-development of the main street building owned by Des Davey has been a long time coming.
Mr Milostic has owned the pharmacy, which is situated in the western corner of the building, since the early 2000s.
“It is a welcome change,” he said.
“It’s something we’ve anticipated and looked forward to for 10 years.
“We moved in here expecting to have a new building sooner rather than later, so it’s been a long, long wait.”
The building has been the subject of a number of different development applications and controversy over the past 18 years.
The site was once earmarked for incorporation into the FKP Outrigger project and prior to the main street upgrade there was talk it would be bought to allow for a bend in the road.
“It’s seen multiple floods over the years,” Mr Milostic recalled.
“I was closed for five months one time because we had a metre of water through the shop.
“The building itself is worn down. I love being right here in the middle of town, but... It’s given me more grief than joy.”
The new building will be flood-proofed, and include the pharmacy, a travel agent, bar and bistro, with two levels of boutique hotel accommodation above it.
Mr Milostic said he was excited to move into the building once construction of the ground level was finished around December / January 2016.
In the meantime, Mr Milos- tic said they would be temporarily closing down.
“We’re just transferring our patient files and everything across the road to Livelife Airlie Day and Night chemist, so they’ll sort of continue to service everyone.”
The building will be demolished early next week.
FAREWELL: LiveLife Pharmacy’s Paula Tierney, Blake and Jai Brown, Lisa Whitworth, Danielle Zwynenburg, Stevie Smith, Chantel Gough, Ryan McKinnon, owner Allan Milostic, Wally Maguire and Renee Kampe on their last day of work in the Des Davey building before it was demolished.